Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers after two troublesome years with the Los Angeles Angels and less than halfway into his big free-agent deal. After two troublesome years with the Los Angeles Angels and less than halfway through a $125 million, five-year contract, Hamilton was traded to AL West rival Texas with cash on Monday for a player to be named or cash. Hamilton was the 2010 AL MVP and an All-Star each of his five seasons with Texas (2008-12). ''Over the course of the last few weeks, it became clear that Josh wanted to return to Texas,'' Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
Despite Robert Griffin III's history of injuries and moves in and out of the lineup, the Washington Redskins plan to exercise the quarterback's fifth-year contract option for the 2016 season. New general manager Scot McCloughan opened his pre-draft news conference Monday by saying the Redskins will inform the NFL ahead of the deadline that they will pick up their option for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, which is worth about $16 million. He's got good tape out there,'' McCloughan said. ''Everyone knows what he did in (2012).'' After being taken by Washington with the No. 2 overall pick in that year's draft - thanks to a trade with the St. Louis Rams - the Heisman Trophy winner threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 815 yards and another seven scores, helping win the NFC East.
The Cavaliers are bruised, not beaten or broken. Cleveland completed a four-game sweep in Boston on Sunday, dispatching the scrappy Celtics 101-93 in a Game 4 that at times looked more MMA than NBA. ''There's a lot of things up in the air with our team right now,'' said LeBron James, who has never lost a first round matchup in 10 trips to the playoffs. ''No excuses.'' Love dislocated his left shoulder in the first quarter, hurting it when he got tangled while chasing a loose ball with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk, who clamped down on Love's arm and pulled so hard it popped out of the shoulder joint.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had facial surgery on Monday in Memphis after he was injured during Game 3 of the playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. Conley was inadvertently elbowed in the face by Portland's CJ McCollum on Saturday night. He was briefly hospitalized before returning to Memphis on Sunday. The Grizzlies hold a 3-0 lead in the series.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings will have surgery on his left knee, which he injured over the weekend during the annual spring football game. Coach David Beaty said Cummings, a senior, will get back on the field ''as quickly as possible'' but did not provide a specific timeline.
Austin Hatch, who survived two deadly airplane crashes and went on to suit up for Michigan, is giving up playing basketball. Michigan coach John Beilein announced Monday the Big Ten approved a medical exemption waiver that will allow Hatch keep his scholarship and serve as an undergraduate student assistant. ''It was a goal of mine to return to the game that I love so much and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to play for Michigan. After all that I have been through, it was a dream come true for me to put on a Michigan jersey and get into a game at Crisler Center.'' Hatch spent eight weeks in a coma with a brain injury after a 2011 crash that killed his father and stepmother.